Atoe makes the call

After a whirlwind weekend that saw news break on several recruits, the commitment buzz has hit a fever pitch with the Washington Huskies and today they added another offensive lineman to their 2010 class as The Dalles (Or.) OL James Atoe decided to end things and commit to the Dawgs after taking a trip this past weekend... got confirmation from Atoe's coach, Andy Codding, that the big offensive lineman had indeed committed to Washington Monday afternoon.

"I think he's got huge potential at the college level," Codding said. "He's a giant kid and he's only got a year-and-a-half of lifting weights underneath him and that's where his area of improvement is going to be -- building lower body strength.

"He's very athletic and he's got great feet and his athleticism is showing right now on the basketball court. He averages a double-double in basketball and gets up and down the court real well."

Codding noted that he and his staff used Atoe as both a guard and a tackle.

"He was really good as a junior at tackle, but we moved him inside to guard this year," Codding added. "He was pretty dominant and it was his size that was really the biggest factor for us."

Codding said his lower-body strength and flexibility are what needs to be worked on the most once he steps foot on campus.

"He's just real excited to be a part of this recruiting class for the Huskies," Codding said.

Some have questioned why Atoe didn't have more big-time offers, although he did have offers from Idaho (greyshirt), Eastern Washington and Portland State.

"People know where The Dalles is if you're from the Northwest, but Oregon and Oregon State had limited or no spots so they didn't offer and Washington State never called at all," Codding said. "The fact is the kid works his tail off and he's a fast learner so I'm happy for him that he's going to Washington.

"Even if Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State had offered, I still think Washington would have been the best place for him and his development at this point.

"One area that he made the most improvement from his junior to senior year was in his consistency down to down. We sent a lot of junior film out and I think that when you see a big kid who takes some plays off, you think he's lazy and he did, he did take some plays off, but he didn't do that this year."

We're hoping to get more from Atoe in the coming days to get his thoughts on his commitment to Washington.

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